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Houston Dash allocated first players

Melissa Tancredi makes a run during the London Olympics
Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images

The Houston Dash have acquired their first players as the NWSL allocated the three subsidized national team players to the club on Friday afternoon with Whitney Engen, Teresa Noyola and Melissa Tancredi the players signed.

Under NWSL rules the three players, one from each participating national team, will have their salaries subsidized, allowing Houston to attract more players.

The allocation to all NWSL teams starts a short transfer window with teams able to trade with each other until the 6th of January, although waivers are banned until after the Expansion Draft.

Engen joins the club from Tyreso in Sweden, a club she originally joined on loan from Liverpool before linking up with them on a full-time contract, joining them for the start of the 2013 UEFA Champions League.

Engen won't link up with the club until Tyreso's exit from the UEFA Champions League when her contractual obligations with the Swedish club expire.

Engen comes as Houston's allocation from the USA National Team with ten caps in the back line for the USWNT and will be a defensive leader for the Dash.

Teresa Noyola is a dual national having moved from Mexico City to California while still a child and went on to play for Stanford winning the Hermann Trophy for best player in the country in 2011 as the Cardinals won the National Championship.

Noyola has played 10 times for the Mexican National Team and joins the club from FC Kansas City scoring a goal from midfield in last year's NWSL season.

Melissa Tancredi is the most experienced of the three, at 33, she has played 88 times for the Canadian National Team, a career that spans two World Cups and two Olympics as a striker.

By joining Houston Dash Tancredi is making her return to professional soccer, having sat out the 2013 season to complete her chiropractor studies after spending 2012 in Sweden with GoIF.

The three players mark an important milestone for Houston Dash as they commence building their first ever squad.

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